Authorities searching for shooter in Danville, one victim flown to hospital
MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Danville, and ask for the public’s help locating a silver or gray Toyota pickup truck with chrome wheels.
Sheriff Ana Franklin says Tuesday afternoon, a man was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital from the area of South Johnson Chapel Road.
“It appears that there’s a possibility the suspect is known to the victim. The suspect came to the victim’s residence and shot the victim with a rifle,” said Sheriff Franklin.
She says the man is suffering from life-threatening injuries, but was alive at the time of his transport to the hospital. He is suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower body.
Notice of the shooting did cause nearby Danville High School to go into a secure perimeter. Morgan County Schools Superintendent Bill Hopkins Jr. explains that is different from a lockdown. During the immediate investigation, the school didn’t let anyone in or out the school. But they were eventually given the all-clear to let the students leave.
Sheriff Franklin says extra security and patrols were implemented in and around the school.
But, she says, it doesn’t appear to be a threat to the general public.
At this time, authorities are searching for a silver or gray Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with chrome rims driven by a white male.
“As soon as were able, we’re going to interview the victim more and try to see if we can find out what, of any relationship it was [with the gunman], and what caused this,” said the sheriff.